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1 16 DAYS WITH BABA MAAN SINGH JEE Baba Maan Singh jee Katha & Kirtan, Southall Translated into English by Harjit Singh Lakhan, Typed by Gurbir Singh.

2 CONTENTS Day 1 : This Life is For You Lord 3 Day 2 : Devotion to the Guru 10 Day 3 : The True Guru and Actions 16 Day 4 : Respect And Obeying The Guru 23 Day 5 : Obeying Guru and Not Eating Meat 30 Day 6 : Mercy, Actions and Worldy Attraction 36 Day 7 : Clean Mind And No Alcohol 40 Day 8 : Good Company, Sadh-Sangat 46 Day 9 : True And False Words, True and False Gurus 52 Day 10 : One Light, Eleven Gurus 58 Day 11 : Drink Amrit, Live Forever - part A 66 Day 12 : Drink Amrit, Live Forever - part B 74 Day 13 : Drink Amrit, Live Forever - part C 81 Day 14 : Drink Amrit, Live Forever - part D 90 Day 15 : Death 98 Day 16 : This Life is for Remembering God s Name Days With Baba Maan Singh Jee Page 2

3 Waheguru jee ka khalsa, Waheguru Jee Kee Fateh! Waheguru Jee s Khalsa, Waheguru Jee s Victory! Day 1 : This Life is For You Lord Supremely respected holy ones, gathered together in the purifying presence of Guru Granth Sahib Jee, the Guru is embodied in you the holy congregation, the Sadh- Sangat. In order to make your time and your breaths successful, all of you beloved men and women have travelled here from near and far, leaving behind your worldy affairs just to be in the presence of the eternal and permanent, pure and immaculate Guru Granth Sahib Jee. Now lets take some time to search our Guru s teachings. Only that life is successful that comes to Guru jee - others are not even worth a penny. Our human body is just one house out of 8.4 million different life forms. Now to receive this human body we can t begin to imagine how many virtues we must have done. The aim of life is to meditate on God s Name, or Naam, and to praise Waheguru jee. Guru Arjun Dev jee says, Bhaee prapat manukh dehuria, gobind milan kee eh teree bariaa.having received this human body, it is your turn to unite with the God, The Protector of the World. Today we have a body, a mind and time to praise Waheguru. But, a time will come when we have none of these. Guru Arjun Dev jee continues, Avar Kaaj teray kitay na kaam, mil sadh sangat bhaj keval naam. other works are of no use to you, meet the holy congregation and meditate only on Naam. Guru Tegh Bahadur jee, the ninth Guru-Maharaja, says open your eyes, you didn t bring your body from your last life and it won t go with you into the next life. You are proud of your sons, your wife and your house, but these things won t go with you. Avar Kaaj teray kitay na kaam, mil sadh sangat bhaj keval naam. other works are of no use to you, meet the holy congregation and meditate only on Naam. Guru Amar Das jee says, Eh man pyariaa, too sadaa sach samalay O beloved mind, always contemplate the Truth. 16 Days With Baba Maan Singh Jee Page 3

4 But nowadays, a brother doesn t trust a brother, a father doesn t trust a son and to my great sadness a Sikh doesn t even have faith in Guru Granth Sahib jee. We have more faith in a wedding invitation. It says the wedding s is on so-and-so date at so-and-so place. We don t go the day before nor the day after, we believe what we read on a tiny piece of card with full faith. But, we don t have the same faith for all the words of Guru Granth Sahib jee. We have more faith in a wedding invitation than in our Guru jee. Someone asked me what the difference is between the great Sikhs in our history and the Sikhs of today. There s only a little difference: the historic Sikhs did what Guru jee told them to do. Today s Sikhs expect Guru jee to do what they say! Guru Amar Das jee says Eh man pyariaa, too sadaa sach samalay O beloved mind, always contemplate the Truth. But what is the Truth Khalsa jee? Bhagat Ravidas jee says, Naam tayro aartee majan muraaray. Har kay naam bin jhoothay sagal paasaaray Your Name, O Lord, is my adoration and ablution. Without the name of God, all ostentation is false. God is true, Guru is true, Naam is true and everything else is false. How do we gather Truth? Guru Nanak jee says, Amrit vela Sach nao vadaee vichar.get up at early at the ambrosial time, or amrit vela, and sing the praises of Waheguru. But how many Sikhs get up then? Great Sants, or Saints, said change your own life and seeing you hundreds of thousands will change. People ask, What will happen to the Khalsa Panth, the Khalsa Nation? Why are you worried about the Khalsa Panth? Worry about yourself and the Khalsa Panth will be taken care of by God. The Khalsa Panth has the five pillars of beloved five Punj Pyare, it has the blood of the four sons of Guru Gobind singh jee as the the cement! People ask, When will the Khalsa rule? The simple answer is when we become Khalsa. But, look inside yourselves, while we are doing other things we can t be Khalsa. Avar Kaaj teray kitay na kaam, mil sadh sangat bhaj keval naam. other works are of no use to you, meet the holy congregation and meditate only on Naam. 16 Days With Baba Maan Singh Jee Page 4

5 While we love other things, our soul can t break out and be with Waheguru. Love between friends and family is great indeed, but the greatest love is love for Guru jee. Like the love Bhai Mani Singh jee had in order to give his body to be chopped joint by joint, like the love Bhai Taroo Singh jee had in order to give his scalp rather than allow one hair on his head to be cut. People ask, If I meditate on God s Name, Naam Simran, then who s going to do my work? But, who s going to do your work when you are dead? Who was doing your work before you were born? These works of your were carrying on before you came, they carry on now and they ll carry on after you ve gone. Guru Amar Das jee says, Saath teray chalay nahee Your companions do not go with you into the next world. They don t go with you. What does go with you? Avar Kaaj teray kitay na kaam, mil sadh sangat bhaj keval naam. other works are of no use to you, meet the holy congregation and meditate only on Naam. Time spent in the sadh-sangat, holy congregation, meditating on God s Name goes with you. When a flea bites a cow s udder it only drinks the blood. Milk is there too, but it is not in its destiny to drink the milk. In same way to find the the holy congregation, the Sadh-Sangat is to be greatly fortunate. The fortunate ones follow Guru Nanak jee and gain the true profits. A millionaire called Sayt, went to see Guru Nanak jee. Guru jee asked him, How much money have you got? He said, 40 million Rupees. Another Sikh said, O protector of the poor, Gareeb Nivaaj, Guru jee he has got nothing. Guru jee asked him why he had lied. He said, I m telling you the truth Guru jee. Guru jee then asked him how many sons he had. Sayt answered, Guru jee, I have one son. The other Sikh said, Guru jee he s lying again, he has got 5 sons. Guru jee said, Sayt why are you lying? Sayt said, Why would I lie to you Guru jee? Sayt was 60 years old he had a white beard. Guru jee asked him how old he was, he took out his dairy and started flicking back the pages he answered, Guru jee, by your grace I m 12 years old. Guru jee said, What are you saying Sayt? You are obviously over 60. Sayt put both hands together and said, Guru jee I told you the truth. You asked me how much money I had, well I ve had 40 million Rupees in my life which I ve given away and I m left with only 1 million. Guru jee said, Forgive me Sayt for doubting you, your answer was true. Sayt is true. Sayt said, Next you asked me how many 16 Days With Baba Maan Singh Jee Page 5

6 sons I had, I said one, its true I have five sons but four are drunks only one is beloved of Guru jee, he is sensible and loves his parents. Then Baba jee, I said I was 12 years old because that s how many hours of service, meditation and holy congregation (seva, Simran and Sadh-Sangat) I ve done. Every time I do one of these I note the duration. That s what I regard as my age, that amount of time will be taken into account not my body s age. Guru jee said, Sayt is true. Bhaee prapat manukh dehuria, gobind milan kee eh teree bariaa.having received this human body, it is your turn to unite with the God, The Protector of the World. In the town of Kanshee, all the banks were being robbed. One of the robbers asked Bhagat Kabeer jee to join the thieves. He told them that wealth doesn t go with us into the next world, and if they really wanted to steal, then they should loot the wealth of God s Name from Waheguru! If you want to steal anything steal God s Name. Time is short you will regret wasting your life in the end. Some people ask, Who s seen the next life? The Guru s have seen it. I say receive amrit, get engrossed in worrship and devotion, but people say I ve still got a lot of life left to drink and eat meat. Our time is short some people die in the womb some die in youth, there are no guarantees. If you didn t meditate on God s Name in your childhood then that was wasted. If you didn t meditate on God s Name in your youth then that was wasted. If you didn t meditate on God s Name in old age then that was wasted. If you didn t meditate on God s Name in life then the whole of your life was wasted. Raja ShivNabh s kingdom was visited by Guru Nanak Dev jee, the Raja was an atheist. Guru Nanak jee went to those places where the greatest sinners and evil people were. ShivNabh s ministers warned him not to meet Guru Nanak jee unless he wanted to be cursed. Four ministers were sent to meet Guru Nanak Dev jee and to stop him reaching the Kingdom. They offered a silver plate laden with diamonds at Guru jee s feet. They said, This offering shows our King s respect for you. Guru Nanak jee said, Tell him how can he respect me with mere pennies? The ministers were taken aback, all other saints had accepted this offering and left the King alone. ShivNabh was told this is no ordinary saint. Guru jee said to the ministers, Tell ShivNabh that if he wants to make an offering then he ll have to come and offer himself. ShivNabh was an egotistical man and didn t recognise how great Guru Nanak jee was. When a person thinks wrongly he ll not see other women as his sister, mother or daughter but as sex objects. Guru Nanak jee saw everyone for what they were. 16 Days With Baba Maan Singh Jee Page 6

7 King ShivNabh was an egoist and thought that Guru jee was probably one too. Next he sent his dancing prostitutes to try and tempt Guru jee but they failed as Guru jee addressed them as daughters. The minister told ShivNabh. ShivNabh was shaken, the fear of God entered him and he thought Who is this uncorruptable man? Without firstly having the fear of God, love can t enter. Without love one can t worship Waheguru. Gobind Bhau bhagat ka bhukha God is hungry for the love of the Saints. Guru Gobind Singh jee says, Sach kaho sun leho sabhay jin prem keeo tin hee prabh paaio.. "I speak truth, all should listen, those who live in love are the ones who attain to God". ShivNabh had the fear of God enter into his mind. He bowed to Guru jee then put together his two hands and made a request. To ask for something you have to become humble. Gareeb Nivaz, O Protector of the Poor, I m the king of this land. Be merciful and give me some seva, or service, to do. But the service shouldn t be small it should be great enough for a King, what can I offer you in return? Guru jee said, This is the path of love, no-one else can travel this path. Jo tho prem khelan ka chao. Sir dar talee ghalee meree aao. If you desire to play the game of love then bring your head to me on the palm of your hand. (Guru Nanak Dev jee). For love, the five beloved ones - the Punj Pyare, gave their heads to Guru Gobind Singh jee. Guru Nanak jee said, if you want to give an offering, then donate something of yours and do something that s going to help you in your next life. ShivNabh said, I will donate MY kingdom to you Guru jee. Guru Nanak jee said, O foolish ShivNabh, I said give me something of yours, this Kingdom isn t yours and its not going to help you in the next world. Your father couldn t take it when he died, your grandfather couldn t take it either and neither can you take it because it doesn t belong to you. 16 Days With Baba Maan Singh Jee Page 7

8 Guru jee repeated his original question and asked, O ShivNabh, donate something of yours, the kingdom is not yours, the queen that rules it with you is not yours, no donate something that s yours! ShivNabh said, I will donate MY body to you Guru jee. Guru said O foolish ShivNabh, this body isn t yours. Where are your father s and grandfather s bodies now? They had to leave them in this world, the body wasn t theirs and its not yours either. No donate something that s YOURS! ShivNabh said desparately, What can I give? Take my name. Guru Nanak jee said, ShivNabh, if you want to give me your name then show me the god Shiva s Navel, that s Shiv-Nabh means. You aren t Shiva, you can t give me his navel, can you? ShivNabh was nervous and confused, he said, I don t own this body, I haven t got riches, I don t own my Kingdom, the Queen doesn t belong to me, O Guru Jee what can I, I, I give? Guru jee said, But you re in possession of such a great thing that if you give it you ll be saved from birth and death. ShivNabh said, I can t see what I, I, I can give? Guru jee said, Give this I, I, I that you keep stuttering like a goat! You are not a kingdom, you are not a body and you are not your name. ShivNabh fell at Guru jee s feet a changed man, he said, Everything is Yours, nothing is mine, nothing is mine Guru jee. ShivNabh, the egotistical King, had a complete change in his state of mind. Now ShivNabh, the humble servant said, I m nothing. Guru Nanak jee said, Now go back to your duties and rule the Kingdom. ShivNabh replied, I can t rule, before I, I, I was doing it, but now I m nothing I can t do it. Guru jee said, If someone asks you who s Kingdom you are ruling, just say its Guru Nanaks. If someone asks you who do you belong to, just reply to Guru Nanak. Rakho RakhanHar Dyala, Nanak ghar ke gholay protect me O Protector, for I am a slave of your house says Nanak. (Guru Arjun Dev Jee). 16 Days With Baba Maan Singh Jee Page 8

9 ShivNabh obtained the knowledge of God - BrahmGian. Guru Nanak jee said, Ask for something? He asked for God s Name, Bless me with Naam and that I may always have a place at your Lotus feet. We re ending the kirtan and katha now, but stay until Guru Granth Sahib jee has been taken to the Position of Peace - Sukh Asan. Don t leave now and turn your back on your Guru. Remember what happened to Moola Khatree the trader, he turned his back on the Guru and had to spend 12 more lives in birth and death. (Translator s note : Moola Khatree lived in a village visited by Guru Nanak Dev jee. Guru jee wrote on a piece of paper, Is living true or is death true? Bhai Mardana jee took it around the village to get and answer only a trader called Moola wrote an answer, he said that only dying was true. Guru Nanak jee came and asked him if he would live by what he wrote but he said he had only written it for fun. Gradually he became a devout follower always by the side of Guru Nanak jee, he wouldn t even go home to his wife. She became ill and Guru Nanak jee told Moola to go home. Next time Guru jee came to their house, he knocked on the door. Moola s wife told Moola to hide in the store room, she was afraid she d lose him again. She lied to the Guru by sayin Moola had gone out. Moola had turned his back on his Guru and uffered a fatal bite by a snake in the storeroom where he was hiding. His wife repented, and Guru jee in his mercy said, I will save him in my tenth form. At the place where the Gurdwara Shikaar Ghat now stands, Guru Gobind Singh jee shot an arrow into a passing rabbit, when questioned by his Siksh why he d killed an innocent animal, Guru jee explained that it was Moola and he had liberated his soul.) Khalsa jee, you shouldn t touch a Sant s feet, saying Waheguru jee ka Khalsa, Waheguru jee kee Fateh is the only acceptable greeting. Guru Gobind Singh jee said, The one who says Waheguru jee ka Khalsa, Waheguru jee kee Fateh has my hand above his head, the one who replies has my face towards them, but the one who doesn t reply in the same way has my back towards them! When a Sikh says Waheguru jee ka Khalsa, Waheguru jee kee Fateh to a Sikh then Guru Gobind Singh jee is there between them. Khalsa jee, our Guru is Guru Granth Sahib ji Guru Gobind Singh jee has told us: Agiaa bhaee akaal kee, tabeeo chalaaioo Panth Sabh Sikhan ko hukam haa, guru manioo granth Guru Granth jee maanio pargat gura kee dhay Jo prabh ko mil boch ha kojh shabd mel lay The Immortal Being issued the command and the Khalsa Path was created 16 Days With Baba Maan Singh Jee Page 9

10 ALL Sikhs are commanded to accept the Granth as their Guru Accept Guru Granth for it is the now the body of the manifested Gurus Whoever longs for Waheguru, will unite by searching the Word. We are not to get attached to statues nor to bodies. We are to join with the Guru s Lotus Feet, meaning get attached to the Words of Guru Granth Sahib jee. Banee Guru, Guru ha banee vich banee amrit saaray The Word is the Guru, the Guru is the Word. All Nectar-treasures are found therein. (Guru Ram Das Jee). We bow to statues and bodies, but remember only the True Guru is perfect: Poora prabh Aradhee-aa, poora ja ka nao. Nanak poora paa-iaa, poora ke gun gao Take the Support of the Perfect Lord, the One who s Name is Perfect. Nanak has attained the Perfect One by singing the Perfect One s Praises. By bowing to people and statues we become imperfect. By stirring water we won t get yoghurt. By two people saying the Fateh greeting, we say Waheguru four times and will become perfect. Baba Nand Singh jee s whole life was dedicated to Guru Granth Sahib jee. Every day he used to take Guru Granth Sahib jee on an excursion. Every night he would burn a fire-torch for light. Without a seed there s no tree without a tree there s no seed. Banee Guru, Guru ha banee The Word is the Guru, the Guru is the Word. My mission is one to make your life successful. Day 2 : Devotion to the Guru What are we here for? What should we be doing? Some are businessmen, some are factory workers, but we all have one thing in common, we want happiness, or sukh. No one wants pain, or dukh. Waheguru is the Ocean of Happiness, the Ocean of Anand, or Bliss. If we walk to the Sun our shadow is behind us. If we walk to Waheguru then our dark times are behind us. If we turn our backs to Waheguru then we walk into dark times. Sukh-mani Sahib is the prayer which contains the treasure of peace. It was written by Guru Arjun Dev jee. It contains 24 verses, one reading a day makes our 24 hours successful. It only takes an hour and a quarter to read. Remembering Waheguru all Dukh, all suffering and sorrow departs, and meditating on Waheguru Waheguru we gather all Sukh, all happinesses. Guru Arjun Dev jee 16 Days With Baba Maan Singh Jee Page 10

11 says this, Simaro Simar simar sukh paavo remembering Waheguru obtain all Sukhs. The prayer Sukh-Mani is the treasure of sukh. Like milk contains the treasures of yoghurt, butter, indian sweets and cheese. So in the same way, God s Name, or Naam contains the treasure of all sukhs. In a dry field no seed can germinate. A son can t be born without a mother. A person without devotion to Naam can t get sukh. The more devotion one has the more Sukh one is blessed with. Bhai Bhalla jee was serving Guru Angad Dev jee by waving the fan over his head. He asked, Gareeb Nivaaj, O Cherisher of the Poor, may I ask a question? - Of course beloved one, replied Guru jee. - I used to wave the fan over Guru Nanak jee and now I serve you in the same way. Why is it that I remain serving the Guru by waving the fan, wereas you became Guru in reward for your service? What did you see Guru Nanak jee as, that pleased him so much? What service did you do, what devotion did you have that brought you so close to Guru Nanak jee? Guru Angad Dev jee asked Bhai Bhalla jee, What did you see Guru Nanak Dev jee as? - Guru Nanak jee was a great Saint. Said Bhai Balla jee. Guru Angad Dev jee said, And aren t you equal to a Saint. Bhai Bhalla jee replied, Yes, I m respected by all, they say Bhai Bhalla jee spent all his life serving Guru Nanak jee. Guru Angad Dev jee said, Bhai Bhalla jee, I saw Guru Nanak jee as Waheguru, as God himself. Bhai Bhalla jee joined his hands and said, I saw Guru Nanak jee as a Saint and became a Saint, you saw Guru Nanak jee as God and became God, Guru. Like a mirror shows you what you are. Like the earth doesn t hate any seed, what is planted grows. In the same way the Guru is without hate and we become whatever we see our Guru as. The Sikhs asked Guru Ram Das jee, What is a Gur-Sikh? Nowadays, our preachers drink alcohol and then go to someones house to perform the religious program! But a person can t follow two paths at the same time. You can t have day and night at the same time. You can t be a Saint and a thief. You can t be a devoted wife and a prostitute. And you can t be a preacher and an alcoholic! Guru Amar Das jee says, Bhagta kee chaal niralee the path of the saints is distinct. 16 Days With Baba Maan Singh Jee Page 11

12 The Sikhs asked Guru Ram Das jee what a Gur-Sikh is. Gur Ram Das jee said, Gur Satgur kaa jo sikh akhaa-ay, so bhalakay uth harnaam dhi-aavai Meaning : One who calls himself a Sikh of the Guru, the True Guru, shall rise in the early morning hours and meditate on the Lord s Name. Upon arising early in the morning, he is to bathe, and cleanse himself in the pool of nectar. Following the Instructions of the Guru, he is to chant the Name of the Lord, Har, Har. All sins, misdeeds and negativity shall be erased. Then, at the rising of the sun, he is to sing Gurbani; whether sitting down or standing up, he is to meditate on the Lord s Name. One who meditates on my Lord, Har, Har, with every breath and every morsel of food, that GurSikh becomes pleasing to the Guru s Mind. That person, unto whom my Lord and Master is kind and compassionate, upon that GurSikh, the Guru s Teachings are bestowed. Servant Nanak begs for the dust of the feet of that GurSikh, who himself chants the Naam, and inspires others to chant it. 2 (p 305 Guru Granth Sahib Jee). Today people say the Sikh Religion is failing because of the lack of preaching. No, it is failing because we have fake Sikhs. Sikhs that are empty inside. The True Sikhs were like Bhai Mati Das jee, Bhai Sati Das jee and Bhai Dyal Das jee who were tortured in front of Guru Tegh Bahadur jee but didn t give up their love for their Guru. Bhai Dyal Das was boiled in a huge cooking pot over a raging fire. He was told to accept Islam, he was offered beautiful wives and riches if he converted, but he didn t turn his back on his Guru, he was devoted to the distinct path of the saints. Later, at Guru Gobind Singh jee s time, Emperor Aurangzeb said, O sons of the Guru, I ll give you power, women and Islam. Guru s beloved jewels, aged 7 and 9, said, We spit on your offer! Sir jaavay ta jaavay sada Sikhee sidhik na jaavay if our heads go then let them go, but may our Sikhism and Devotion never go! (punjabee saying). But, today s Sikh says, If our Sikhism is going then let it go, but don t let our alcohol go! Today s Sikh wants to please the Guru and to please the worldly people, but these two paths can t be followed. That s why Guru Gobind Singh jee said, The house in which the body pores are insulted is the house in which Sikhism will not stay! The roots of Sikhism will dry up and wither away. But, by receiving amrit, the roots will become alive again. Do we want to keep the Sikhism plant alive or dead in our house? The Guru s beloved sons and Bhai Mati Das gave everything to keep their Sikhism. Emperor Aurangzeb asked Bhai Mati Das jee, Do you have any last requests before we kill you? He said, May I always be with my Guru, may I always be a Sikh! Today s Sikhs say, When I die, make sure there is a beer bottle near me! 16 Days With Baba Maan Singh Jee Page 12

13 Aurangzeb asked again, If you want something before you die, then you re going to have to become a Muslim. Bhai Mati Das jee said, O foolish one, my face is towards the Guru. I don t want anything from you! It is this servants request that you receive amrit. Don t the ones who ve received amrit have anything to eat or to drink? Don t they live? Guru Gobind Singh jee said that without receiving amrit you are not a Sikh : Rayhnee ray so-i sikh meraa, o sahib ma os ka cheraa the one who lives according to the code of conduct, the rehat, is my Sikh. That one is my Master and I am their servant. Rehat binaa na sikh kaahaavay. Rehat bina dar chotaa khaavay If you don t abide by the code of conduct, the rehat, don t call yourself a Sikh. Without a code of conduct, you will be slapped in God s Court. Bhai Mati Das jee said to the executioner, You can sharpen your saw, I ll sharpen my mind. He began meditating on Jap Jee Sahib. Sawing back and forth, through the top of his head towards his navel, the executioner asked, Are you feeling the pain yet? Bhai Mati Das jee said, What pain? I m going to finish Jap jee Sahib! Khalsa jee, we remember him everyday in our ardas prayer when we say, areea naal chiraa-ey gay the ones sawn to pieces. Khalsa jee, we remember the women who watched their children being hacked to pieces, then their legs and arms were tied into a necklace that was placed around the mother s neck. Now who s going to remember the ones who drink alcohol and fight with their brothers? If we didn t have these two weaknesses of drinking and in-fighting, we would have ruled the world. But, we can t even rule a Gurdwara!! Hearing, speaking and following the Truth is hard. The liar burns on hearing the Truth. But, Bhai Mati Das jee lived the Truth, the new twigs on a tree are flexible, but the old trre-trunk is hard. The old Sikhs say we ll receive amrit in the next world, they re too hard and stubborn to change, so its too late for them. The children and youth are the future. These are the ones who have to take control, they will take us forward to Raj Karega Khalsa.The Khalsa will Rule. When you leave this world won t Guru Gobind Singh jee ask you what you did for your Guru-father in your life? Bhai Mati Das jee was a great soul, he did everything for his Guru-Father. 16 Days With Baba Maan Singh Jee Page 13

14 The beard is very important for a Sikh, it is our identity. Males have beards and manes. Females don t. A Lion has a mane, but the lioness doesn t. Its the way God wanted it to be. When you go to the barber shop, he doesn t offer you his daughter or his wealth for your hair, instead YOU give HIM money! Our martyrs didn t sell their hair, nor did they take gifts in exchange!! After Bhai Mati Das was sawn into two pieces, his body was still reciting Jap Jee Sahib. The Emperor Aurangzeb was amazed and said, The nation that continues reciting God s Word even after death, can never be beaten. Soora so pachaanee-a jo laray deen kay hayt. Purja Purja kut maray, kabhoo na chaaday kayt The True Warrior is the one fights for religion, He may be cut limb by limb, but will never desert the battlefield. (Bhagat Kabeer Jee). Bhai Taroo Singh jee was a lion amongst the animals. His long, uncut mane made him distinct. When no-one came forward to collect Guru Tegh Bahadur jee s head except for Bhai Jetha jee, Guru Gobind Singh jee said, I ll make a nation that stands out amongst thousands of people. That is why we have long distinct hair and Guru Gobind Singh jee protects those Sikhs that keep it. Like when Bhai Joga Singh had climbed upto the fifth step, he was on his way to the prostitutes house. But, Guru Gobind Singh jee was on the seventh step to save him! But, today s Sikhs dont get up in the early hours of amrit-vela to meditate, they ve lost their Amrit-Vela, and wear the Kirpan just for showing off. When a drunkard drives a car, he is imprisoned. So what should be done to the drunks that run our Gurdwara s and wear kirpans just for show? They ll be punished in God s court. All their lives they drink alcohol, they will not get a place at the Guru s feet. The Nation that forgets its history and gives into alcohol, will fail. Guru Gobind Singh jee said that his Sikhs would be educated and would read God s Word, but what happened? The Penicillin injection cures the disease in most people, but some get an allergic reaction. Today s Sikhs read God s Word and suffer an allergic reaction! When the executioner brought the scissors out, Bhai Taroo Singh jee s hair became like wires of steel. The scissors became twisted and buckled, but they couldn t cut his hair. Nowadays, our hair clutters the floor of a barber s shop, yet we call ourselves Sikh! 16 Days With Baba Maan Singh Jee Page 14

15 Bhai Taroo Singh jee s scalp with the full set of hair was removed instead. He continued meditating and lived for many more days. He said to the executioner, You will be punished for your deeds. Everyday Bhai Taroo Singh jee asked if the executioner had died yet. On the last day he was beaten with shoes, he died. Bhai Taroo Singh jee then left his own body too. (Translator s Note : Bhai Taroo Singh jee - was a devoted servant of the Khalsa Panth and a hard working resident of village Pulla (district Lahore). On Harbhagat Naranjania's complaint, Bhai Taroo Singh of the same village was arrested and accused of providing rations to the Sikhs. Bhai Taroo Singh admitted the facts. Nawab Zakaria Khan ordered the removal of his scalp. Bhai Taroo Singh said that the Governor would suffer as much torture. And Bhai Taroo would take Zakaria Khan along with him to the other world. The Nawab's orders were carried out on June 27, The same day Zakaria Khan's urinary system stopped functioning, putting him in great pain. The Qazi addressed Bhai Taroo Singh "Oh Kafir (unbeliever), what have you done? The Nawab can't urinate. He is in great pain." Bhai Taroo Singh told him to take his shoe and beat it on Zakaria's head to make him urinate. On the fifth day of shoe beating, Zakaria Khan died on July 1, After hearing that, Bhai Taroo Singh left this world too.) Khalsa mera roop ha khaas The Khalsa is my special form says Guru Gobind Singh jee. When Bhai Daya Singh jee received amrit, Guru Gobind Singh jee told him, You are now my Sikh. But, when you get up in the early hours at amrit-vela and meditate on God s Name Waheguru, then you will be me. Rayhnee ray so-i sikh meraa, o sahib ma os ka cheraa the one who lives according to the code of conduct, the rehat, is my Sikh. That one is my Master and I am their servant. ACTIONS Sikhism is not about age. Guru Amar Das jee was over 70, wereas the 4 sons of Guru Gobind Singh jee were martyred aged less than 20. Guru Gobind Singh jee was 9 when he became Guru. Sikhism is about actions not age. Some Sikhs asked Guru Gobind Singh jee, What s the point of pressing ones forehead at the Guru s feet? Guru Gobind Singh jee took out his royal stamping device and pressed it on the ink and then onto some paper. The reversed letters on the stamping device, became straight when pressed on the paper. Guru jee explained that in the same way, pressing ones forehead at the Guru s feet straightens out our destiny. Khalsa jee, stay until the end of the religious program tonight. When we have visitors we take them to the airport if necessary. Respect Guru Granth Sahib jee as the Guru 16 Days With Baba Maan Singh Jee Page 15

16 of Gurus, stay until you have seen Guru Granth Sahib jee into the Positon of Peace - Sukh Asan. Our work will never finish although we will. Make the most of this time. This servants mission is not to gather money but to do inspire people to receive amrit. Give me 1000 or 2000 Sikhs who want to receive amrit and make their life successful. I request the holy congregation, the sadh-sangat to respect Guru Granth Sahib jee as much as you can. Since the beginning of time many scriptures have been written, such as the Bible, Ramayan, Gita and the Koran. Out of all the holy scriptures, only Guru Granth Sahib jee has been honoured with status of being Guru in this dark age. Gurbanee, or God s Word required the 10 Guru s lives to write it. Respect Guru Granth Sahib jee as much as you can. Day 3 : The True Guru and Actions What are we here for? Firstly, we don t even come to the Sadh Sangat, or holy congregation. If we come we wont sit down. If we sit down we wont listen. If we listen we don t believe. If we believe we wont act on it. O Guru s Congregation, Khalsa jee listen to the words, listen with your ears Re man raam sio kar preet. O mind, have love for the Lord. Says Guru Tegh Bahadur jee (p. 631 of Guru Granth Sahib Jee). But how should we love God? Guru jee continues, Sravan naal gobind gun sunaho, ar gao rasna geet Listen to God s praises with your ears and sing God s praises with your tongue. To have love for God, one has to firstly listen and then act upon it. People say what do you get from going to Guru s Congregation? Guru jee says come to the holy congregation and do a deal. Leave your Dukh and take away Sukh, leave your suffering and sorrow at the Guru s feet and take home happiness and joy. The whole world is suffering. Some suffer physically, others suffer mentally from worry and anxiety. Nanak Dukhee-a sabh sansar Nanak says that the whole world is suffering. Come to the holy congreagation, the sadh-sangat and leave your Dukh and take away Sukh, leave your suffering and sorrow at the Guru s feet and take home happiness and joy. Gaveea, sunee-aa, man rakhiaa bhao. Dukh parhar, sukh ghar lay jae. Sing and hear God s praise while keeping love for God in the mind. All sufferings, dukh, are thrown away and all pleasures, sukh, are attained. (Guru Nanak Dev jee in Jap Jee Sahib). What a great thing to say. Throw away the 5 enemies and take home happiness. 1. Throw away Lust (Kaam) - Take home chastity and discipline. 16 Days With Baba Maan Singh Jee Page 16

17 2. Throw away Anger (Krodh) - Take home peace of mind 3. Throw away Greed (Lowb) - Take home contentment 4. Throw away Emotional Attachment (Moh) - Take home detachment 5. Throw away Pride (Hankar) - Take home spiritual poverty In additon, throw away alcohol - take amrit instead. But man says, I ll throw away amrit but take alcohol instead. The athiest says that amrit is bitter but alcohol is sweet. In reality its the other way around. To change this view we have to listen to the Guru and then act upon the instructions. Sunee-aa, mannee-aa, man keeta bhao, Antargaat teerath mal nao. Hear, remember and love God within all of your mind. In this way, take a holy dip at the place of pilgrimage inside yourself. (Jap Jee Sahib.) How many people act on what Guru jee says? Not many. Guru jee tells us, Amritvela sach nao vadaa-ee vichar in the early hours meditate on the True Name and God s greatness. We re not going to get Sukh, or happiness by disobeying. Guru Gobind Singh jee says, Tudh bin rog rajaa-eea da odan, naag nivaasa deh rayna Without you Lord, our bedcovers press us like a disease and we live as if surrounded by snakes. On seeing Guru Gobind Singh jee, two Sikhs Lukhnira and Shamira fell at his feet saying, We re blessed with your presence in our town, Guru jee. Shamira stayed with Guru jee, performing service, or seva, meditating on God s Name and eventually was blessed enough to receive amrit. Shamira kept coming everyday to do seva, Satguru kee seva safal ha, je ko karay chit laa-i...serving the True Guru is successful only if one serves with their full mind behind it. Guru Gobind Singh jee was pleased and said, Ask for anything Shamira. Shamira replied, O Cherisher of the Poor, Gareeb Nivaaj, save me from the cycle of birth and death. Guru Gobind Singh jee said, No, ask for something else. Shamira said, I only want to be saved from the pain of being born and dying again and again. To understand the God s Word one needs to have the wisdom of Guru Nanak Dev jee. Not the wisdom of drinking and womanising. Guru Granth Sahib jee is the Guru of Gurus, the perfect Guru and only the perfect knowers-of-god, or Brahm-gianees, can truly understand it. 16 Days With Baba Maan Singh Jee Page 17

18 If I ask people to receive amrit, they reply, But there s no need to, only the mind needs to be clean. Are you saying that Guru Gobind Singh jee s mind wasn t clean because he went down on one knee and received amrit from the Beloved 5 Punj Pyare? If you have thirst for water its not enough to say, But there s no need to drink water, only the mind needs to be clean! Some people say that only Halal (meat prepared in the slow, torturous Muslim way) can t be eaten. Guru Granth Sahib jee forbids us to eat Halal, so how can Guru Granth Sahib possibly say its OK to eat Chatka (meat prepared by quickly killing the animal)? A Sikh talks of Guru and listens to Guru. A person who doesn t listen to Guru or talk of Guru is not a Sikh. People say, But I read in a book that it is OK to eat meat. Are they going to believe a book or their Guru? Like in front of the Sun all other lights fade away into insignificance. God s Word, Banee, has power that transforms water into amrit. A man who strangles someone slowly to death, or another man who shoots him quickly is sentenced for murder, regardless of how he killed the man. It makes no difference how you kill the animal, Halal or Chatka, you ll get the same punishment at the end. The holy Hindus used to eat meat, Kabeer jee said if they are the Saints then who are the butchers? Kabeer ja ko kaho kasa-ee? Have you ever mediated on Bentee Chaupee? People say Guru Gobind Singh jee ate meat. But our Guru was the ocean of mercy, read what he writes in Bentee Chaupee: Cheetee te kanchan asthoola, sabh par kirpa drisat kar phoola From the smallest insect to the biggest elephant, God s throws his glance of blessing on all, and gets pleasure by doing so. God s mercy is on all creatures from the tiniest ant to the huge elephant. If Guru Gobind Singh jee had written, Your mercy is not upon the goat, chicken and lamb then it would be OK to eat them. But he didn t. Guru jee wrote God s mercy is upon ALL creatures. Everyday we read in Japjee Sahib, Karmee apo apanee, ke neray ke dhoor our actions are our own, some are called near others are pushed away from God. Our actions are what count at the end of the day. 16 Days With Baba Maan Singh Jee Page 18

19 Guru Gobind Singh jee says, Rayhnee ray so-i sikh meraa, o sahib ma os ka cheraa the one who lives according to the code of conduct, the rehat, is my Sikh. That one is my Master and I am their servant. A Sikh said to Guru Gobind Singh jee, What s the point of rehat, or code of conduct, forget about receiving amrit all I need to do is the Guru s service, or seva, don t I? Guru Gobind Singh jee told him the time would come and he would understand why amrit was important. Soon afterwards, the man s young son died. Guru Gobind Singh jee came. The Sikh stood up and said, Guru jee, my son has left. Guru Gobind Singh jee asked him to take the sheet off the body and said to the father, I thought you said he was dead, but look at him his hands, feet, eyes and teeth are still intact. Yet you say he is dead. The Sikh said, What s the point of the body when there is no breath? Guru Gobind Singh jee said, Now you have your answer. You asked me what s the point of the body without any breath. In the same way without rehat, or the code of conduct that you follow after receiving amrit, my Sikh has no life at all, infact he s as good as dead. The Sikh said, Guru jee, now I understand that Amrit is as important to the Guru as breaths are to the body. A man had a cow. It could only be milked by the man s mother. She died and the cow stopped gibving milk. The man told his wife to disguise herself as the mother by putting on the mother s clothes and then try to milk the cow. But the cow recognised the feel of the hand and still refused to give any milk. The man said, O cow! Don t worry this is my mother. In the same way we wear Sikh clothes but our actions are not of the Sikh. Our Guru jee is not fooled. Karmee apo apanee, ke neray ke dhoor our actions are our own, some are called near others are pushed away from God. Today Sikhs that smoke call themselves Sikhs. But, Guru Gobind Singh jee s horse called Neela, wouldn t even go into a tobacco field. Three times the horse refused. Bhai Daya Singh jee had a look and saw it was a field of tobacco leaves. Guru Gobind Singh jee said, My horse has got psychic powers from serving me and would rather die than take its Guru into the field. The 40 martyrs wrote in black ink that Guru Gobind Singh jee was no longer their Guru. They had to give their blood in battle to erase it. The ones who ve not received amrit have renounced their Guru and on receiving amrit they will erase their worldly mistakes. Look at the thousands of white-skinned Khalsa there already are. When the rest of them find out that the Khalsa is going to rule they ll all become Khalsa! They don t 16 Days With Baba Maan Singh Jee Page 19

20 know it yet. Raj Karega Khalsa The Khalsa Will Rule but only when there is a Khalsa to rule. A Sikh is a Sikh, regardless of caste or colour, a Sikh is the one who wears the 5Ks and lives according to the rehat, or code of conduct. Shamira repeated his original request, Guru jee, I only want to be saved from the cycle of birth and death. Guru Gobind Singh jee said, No Shamira, I ll give you spiritual powers instead. But Shamira sang, Ridh Sidh sabh moh ha Spiritual Powers are all just another attachment. Guru jee said, Shamira, I ll give you the heavens of Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu. But Shamira replied, No Guru jee, all these things are just God s game. I have read your words in Bentee Chaupee: Kal Pae Brahma bap dhara. Kal paee Shivjoo avtara. Kal pae kar bisan prakasa. Sakal kal ka kia tamasa Brahma, the God of creation, was himself created by Waheguru s order. Shiva, the god of death, was also created by Waheguru Vishnu, the god who sustains the creation, was illuminated by God s order. Infact this whole game of life is played by Waheguru. Guru Gobind Singh jee said once again, Ask for something else? Shamira said, I dont want to ask any more because I don t get it. Guru jee said, Well in that case Shamira, today you ll get what you want, but only on one condition, you ll have to do exactly what I say. Shamira do you agree to receive amrit, if your receive amrit many of your generations will be saved too? Amrit is given by Punj Pyare acting as the Guru and on-one else. A time will come when you won t be able to get amrit even if you want it. A father visited both his married daughters. One was married to a farmer and needed rain for the crops, the other daughter was married to a brickmaker and they needed sunshine for the bricks to bake. The Father can t fulfill both the daughters requests at the same time. Likewise we pray to Waheguru, he is our father and loves us all, and we must accept that whatever he gives us is the best for us. People ask what will happen to the Khalsa Nation? I say leave the Khalsa Nation to the one who created it, it is better to ask what will happen to us without amrit? Can Guru Gobind Singh jee ever let the Khalsa Nation go down hill? That is a question that should never arise. Shamira became Shamira Singh jee after he received amrit. Shamira Singh had a doubt in his mind about what Guru jee had said about all his desires being fulfilled by receiving. Guru Gobind Singh jee knew what he was thinking. That night Shamira Singh had a dream. He saw himself die and become a dog, then a lizard, then a lion and he continued being born into different animals until 16 Days With Baba Maan Singh Jee Page 20

21 sunrise. The next day he fell at Guru jee s feet. Guru Gobind Singh jee saw that he had a yellow and shocked face. He said, Guru jee, I received amrit because you said I d be free from the cycle of birth and death. But in my dream I was born thousands of times. So why did this happen? Guru Gobind Singh jee said, Shamira those lives you saw, were the ones that you were going to go through after this one. But by receiving amrit your life is has become successful. Shamira Singh if you never saw the dream then your doubt would never have been dispelled! Time does not allow us to continue tonight. When we sit on a sofa it changes shape but when we get up it becomes the original shape again. Likewise in the Sadh-Sangat your thoughts have been changed, but unlike the sofa don t get up and go back to your old ways. Its good to take a least one wisdom from the Sadh-Sangat. How about taking this one : getting up at Amrit Vela, in the early hours and meditating on Waheguru Waheguru? Sant Isher Singh jee used to get up at half past midnight. Yes 12:30am. Now Khalsa jee we carry on drinking until 2am so how are we going to get up at 12:30am? Khalsa jee take this one wisdom - get up at amrit-vela everyday. Khalsa jee, take one wisdom from today s program and keep it close to yourself. Every morning in jap jee sahib we say, Amrit vela sach nao vadaee vichar sing God s name and praises in the early hours of amrit-vela. Are we going to carry on saying it all our life? Lets start acting upon it. It s easy to be a Sant, but hard to be a Sikh. Get five yards of white material for a gown, two yards for a white turban, close your eyes for a little while, get a rosary in your hand and the icing on the cake is to get a few sisters to touch your feet. There you have it a Sant, you are now a Sant according to the definition nowadays. Its easy to be a discourser of God s Word, or Katha vachak. Read Sikh books for two years and your good enough to sit on stage and give discourse and tell stories. This is wrong Khalsa jee, Sikhism has to be earned, you have to work at being a Sant. You have to remember Waheguru Waheguru with each breath. A man went to see a Sant and said make me into your disciple, the Sant replied, O no! I can t make you into my disciple. The man begged, O please Sant jee make me into your disciple and tell me what I have to do? The Sant told him, I have a cow, to be my disciple you ll have to grow its food, you ll have to cut its food and then feed the cow. You ll have to wash the cow, milk the cow and then heat the milk up. The man asked, And Sant jee, what will you do? The Sant replied, I ll drink the milk of course! The man said, O in that case I don t want you to make me into a disciple just make me into a Sant! 16 Days With Baba Maan Singh Jee Page 21

22 A woman met me last week. She said, Sant jee, I haven t got a Guru. I said Bibi jee you are over 70 years old and you haven t got a Guru yet? How can that be? She said, When I was a child I had a Guru. I said, So what s the problem? She said O, he died. Then after I was married I made another Guru but he died and then after I was widowed I made another Guru but he died. I said, What kind of Guru is he who dies and leaves his disciples? And what is it about you that as soon as you make a Guru he s cursed and dies? And now you want to make me into your Guru so I die as well! Listen Bibi jee I have two things on my tongue. Firstly, receive amrit and secondly, make Guru Granth Sahib jee your Guru. Guru Granth Sahib jee is our eternal Guru of Gurus, the Guru that never dies and never leaves the disciple. Khalsa jee, she then tried to touch my feet but I told her, Don t touch my feet, say Waheguru jee ka khalsa, Waheguru jee kee Fateh instead and I ll bow at your feet Bibi jee! She said, Sant jee, I heard that you slander these living Gurus and Swamee-Masters? I explained to her, I don t slander them at all, for I am a worshipper of the Swamee-Master myself. But not of the Ra-dha-Swamee, or master of the path (sect of Sikhism), rather I am a worshipper of the Dargah-da-Swamee, or master of the true court. Listen Bibi jee, I need a master to show me the Dargah, the True Court, not the Ra - Path! Even at Guru Tegh Bahadur jee s time 22 fake Guru s set up shop. They all knew the true Guru was sitting in his house and when Guru jee was seen by everyone, the fake ones looked pathetic in comparison. Like at night the fire flies shine but the darkness of night is not dispelled, darkness is only dispelled with the light of the Sun. Je so chandeh ugvay, sooraj charay hazaar. Ethay chanan hoindi-aa, gur bin ghor andhaar. If 100 moons were to rise then 1000 suns rose too, Even in this much light, there is darkness without the Guru (Asa Dee Var) Guru Granth Sahib jee is true Guru jee whose light is greater then hundreds of moons and thousands of Suns. Sant Isher Singh made people into the disciples of Guru Granth Sahib jee and emphasised the importance of receiving amrit. When he spoke, people s hearts felt peace of mind. That s a true Sant. We will all have to obey Guru jee sooner or later and when we do we will feel the benefit. Bhai Lehna jee obeyed Guru Nanak Dev jee and became his form, his Ang...Guru Angad Dev jee. But we don t obey and no-one cares about us. When we obey, Guru jee himself will obey us too. This is opposite to the worldly relationship where a son obeys each of his parents instructions but his parents don t obey the sons instructions. Our Guru-Father obeys each of our words. The more you respect the Guru of Gurus, Guru Granth Sahib jee the more the world will respect you. 16 Days With Baba Maan Singh Jee Page 22

23 O young Sikhs, receive amrit, follow Guru Granth Sahib jee. This life is our precious chance to meet Waheguru jee. If you become a Sikh when you are young, then your whole life will be successful. Now lets join hands for Ardas. If a beggar asks for even 10 Rupees then his hands are at his shoulder level, we do Ardas for much greater things but our hands are at knee level. Day 4 : Respecting And Obeying The Guru Agiaa bhaee akaal kee, tabeeo chalaaioo Panth Sabh Sikhan ko hukam haa, guru manioo granth Guru Granth jee maanio pargat gura kee dhay Jo prabh ko mil boch ha kojh shabd mel lay The Immortal Being issued the command and the Khalsa Path was created ALL Sikhs are commanded to obey the Granth as their Guru Obey Guru Granth for it is the now the body of the manifested Gurus Whoever longs for Waheguru, will unite by searching its Word (by Guru Gobind Singh jee) Everyday we say, Guru Manni-o Granth Obey the Granth as the Guru but when we walk away we forget. Would you agree that the more respect we have for the Guru the more we will be respected? But, even if we knew all of Guru Granth Sahib jee s lotus words off by heart, we would still continue to drink alcohol and eat meat, and still no-one would respect us. Actions are most important, if we read Guru Granth Sahib jee, but secretly drink alcohol and eat meat then we will not be respected. If we didn t have alcohol addiction and brothers fighting brothers then we would have ruled the world by now. The sons of Guru Nanak Dev jee, Guru Angad Dev jee, Guru Ram Das jee, Guru Arjan Dev jee and Guru Har Rai jee all wanted the Guru-ship, but they all lost respect because of their actions. Now, we have respect when we live up to the Khalsa image we have. Khalsa mera roop ha kas, Khalsa ho ma karah nivas Khalsa is my special form. I reside in the Khalsa says Guru Gobind Singh jee. If our actions don t live up to it then we have no value, no respect. False Gurus publicise how good they are so that people will follow them, but the True Guru s actions speak for themself. Like when the sun comes out, no-one has to announce it on a TV news-flash or in newspaper headlines, people can see it. In the same way the Guru s Sikh, can be seen by his life s actions, the Guru s Sikh has no need to go around telling everyone how good he or she is. 16 Days With Baba Maan Singh Jee Page 23

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